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How significant is the tool sprawl problem?

Following up on my post earlier this month on Shadow IT, I wanted to discuss a related issue – “tool sprawl.” Tool sprawl describes an environment where the deployment and use of tools is not managed by a single IT group: applications, software, and tools are installed by end-users because they believe […]

By |June 20th, 2019|Blog, Security|Comments Off on How significant is the tool sprawl problem?

Four Tips for Dealing with Shadow IT

Simply stated, Shadow IT is what happens when people within an organization decide to deploy Information Technology systems and services without approval from the official IT group.  On the positive side, this can be the source of real innovation from within the company without the normal formal approval process that can be time consuming and burdensome. On […]

By |June 10th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Four Tips for Dealing with Shadow IT

Cybercrime: Impact on Manufacturers

With the rise in value of intellectual property, cybercriminals are now aiming their activity on the manufacturing sector. Manufacturers in the past haven’t practiced the strictest of cybersecurity measures, making themselves quite vulnerable today. The exception to this are industries, such as chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, which are subject to federal regulations regarding cybersecurity.

Within the […]

By |May 28th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Cybercrime: Impact on Manufacturers

Disaster Recovery as a Service

Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS, helps safeguard your company from IT outages and helps build a resilient IT system to maintain servers and network usage throughout recovery processes. DRaaS uses cloud resources to protect applications and data from disruption caused by disaster and gives an organization a total system backup that allows for […]

By |May 15th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Disaster Recovery as a Service

How important is AWS certification for career success?

Many companies specify the need for a certification in job postings simply to weed out unqualified candidates as quickly as possible. The reality is that for most companies, real world experience and demonstrated success will count more than a certification.

For a long term career path with few limitations a much better choice is to […]

By |April 17th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on How important is AWS certification for career success?

How Companies Can Protect Themselves from Ransomware

I was recently asked about ransomware and how companies can defend themselves. The most common vectors of infection for ransomware are via email, such as attachments and malicious links in the email,  and exploit kits, which are usually executed when a victim visits a compromised websites.

Some organizations assert that approximately 60 percent of […]

By |April 2nd, 2019|Blog, Security Breach|Comments Off on How Companies Can Protect Themselves from Ransomware

AI in Cybersecurity: How it can be tricked

Using AI to provide cybersecurity solutions has received a lot of press in the past two years. The reality is that most “AI cybersecurity” products use Machine Learning (ML) techniques, which is just one subset of a broader range of techniques associated with deep AI.

ML techniques are being used in several cybersecurity domains including:

By |February 25th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on AI in Cybersecurity: How it can be tricked
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    SystemExperts’ Jon Gossels Contributes to New Book, Supreme Leadership Habits

SystemExperts’ Jon Gossels Contributes to New Book, Supreme Leadership Habits

I’m so pleased to be one of the contributing thought leaders for Alinka Rutkowska recently published book –  Supreme Leadership Habits: Gain 850 Years of Wisdom from Successful Business Leaders. Alinka, an international best-selling author, interviewed 34 executives celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2018, and shares their secrets to growing profitable businesses. […]
By |February 11th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on SystemExperts’ Jon Gossels Contributes to New Book, Supreme Leadership Habits

Three Security Predictions for 2019

I was recently asked my thoughts about cyber security trends for the 2019. Here are a few of my predictions:

1. Many security issues will still be caused by human error. Despite many technology advances, a significant number of issues are caused by people using bad judgement or organizations deploying hardware and services insecurely. The reality is that […]

By |January 15th, 2019|Blog, Security Breach|Comments Off on Three Security Predictions for 2019

Guideline for Reporting a Cyber Incident

In our last blog post, we covered the best practices for creating and implementing an Incident Response Plan (IRP). As a follow-on to that post, we’d like to share insight on the steps an organization can take for reporting a cyber incident. Any incident that has the potential to cause significant damage to the confidentiality, integrity, or […]
By |January 9th, 2019|Blog, Security Breach|Comments Off on Guideline for Reporting a Cyber Incident
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    Three Best Practices for Creating and Implementing an Incident Response Plan

Three Best Practices for Creating and Implementing an Incident Response Plan

A cyber incident can have serious consequences. When a potential incident occurs that could negatively impact the confidentiality, integrity and authenticity of your company’s data, fear and confusion can consume the organization. In the military, we refer to this as “the fog of war.” To avoid a misstep during the critical post-incident response time, the organization should […]
By |December 17th, 2018|Blog, Security Breach|Comments Off on Three Best Practices for Creating and Implementing an Incident Response Plan

Cybersecurity Tips for the Holiday Season

In my last post I offered tips to keep personal online holiday shopping safe and to help prevent fraud on any of your accounts. Today I’d like to offer small retailers some advice to make sure their IT infrastructure is up-to-date and ready to handle the holiday rush.

Before the holiday season kicks into high […]

By |November 15th, 2018|Blog, Security Breach|Comments Off on Cybersecurity Tips for the Holiday Season

Cybersecurity Do’s and Don’ts for the Holiday Season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, I thought it appropriate to share some tips I’ve talked about in the past to keep your online holiday shopping safe and to help prevent fraud on any of your accounts. That leads to my first tip:

  • Consolidate all of your online purchases onto a single credit […]
By |November 6th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Cybersecurity Do’s and Don’ts for the Holiday Season

Protect Your Network with these Three Steps

In addition to being a security consultant by trade, I am a Chief Warrant Officer for the Massachusetts Army National Guard, where I mentor incident handlers and senior leadership on offensive and defensive cyber warfare. In this position, I am regularly asked for advice on all things related to cyber. One recent query from a newly promoted […]
By |October 31st, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Protect Your Network with these Three Steps

Protecting from Phishing and Spear-Phishing

SystemExperts Corporation is aware that many companies are seeing spear-phishing attempts where the emails purport to be from internal employees. We have also heard reports that compromised email accounts have been used to send spear-phishing emails to third-parties and the owner of the compromised accounts do not see the emails being sent on their behalf, nor the […]
By |October 15th, 2018|Blog, Security Breach|Comments Off on Protecting from Phishing and Spear-Phishing